Operation Bootheel brings free military medical help

Operation Bootheel brings free military medical help
Published: Jul. 10, 2015 at 3:18 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2015 at 11:08 PM CDT
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SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Hundreds of patients came out for a win-win situation in southeast Missouri. It's called "Operation Bootheel."

Operation Bootheel brings members of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy to the region to provide free medical, dental, and vision services on a first come, first serve basis.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 14 service personnel were set up at three locations: Sikeston Junior High School, the Lighthouse Church in Dexter and Malden High School.

Anyone 2 years old and older can benefit from the services and there are no insurance or income requirements.

You will be able to access medical services including screenings, non-emergency medical treatment and basic prescriptions.

The dental services will include tooth extractions.

You can also receive a vision screening and prescription, along with one free pair of prescription glasses.

The service members get the chance to practice what they have learned and the community got free health screenings, tooth extractions and glasses.

One soldier talked about his patient's reactions.

"Patients are grateful, even though they might come in apprehensive, this is dental so they seem to be really appreciative and from the feedback I've been given from our other counterparts is that they have been able to go ahead and relay on that," Christopher Ledoux, with the Army Reserves, said. "They're actually really appreciative of the work we've done here."

The operation will run from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday July 14 through Thursday July 23. Services will not be offered on Sunday, July 19.

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